Syllabus Overview for HCD-550-DL Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders

3 Credits

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Course Materials

Please visit the Institute bookstore for information regarding required course materials.
Note:  Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders will run for 12 weeks. This course requires $25 student registration fee for membership on Master Clinician Network (MCN).

Meets ASHA Knowledge and Skill Standards for:

•    Standard IV-C for knowledge about the etiology and characteristics of communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan
•    Standard IV-D for knowledge about the prevention, assessment, and intervention of communication and swallowing disorders
•    Standard IV-E for knowledge of standards of ethical conduct
•    Standard IV-G for knowledge of contemporary professional issues in speech-language pathology
•    Standard V-C for partial completion of 25 clock hours of clinical observation

Topics you will study

•    The Profession of Speech Language Pathology
•    Childhood Language Impairments
•    Developmental Literacy Impairments
•    Adult Language Impairments: Aphasia
•    Adult Language Impairments: Traumatic Brain Injury and Dementia
•    Fluency Disorders
•    Voice and Resonance Disorders
•    Motor Speech Disorders
•    Disorders of Swallowing
•    Hearing Loss

General Course Activities

•    Weekly online discussion with peers and instructor
•    Weekly quizzes
•    Analysis of case studies
•    Research summaries
•    Clinical observations

How to plan your time

The course material is presented in content modules that are designed to stand alone. Each module is 1 week in length and will follow a general format that includes the following components:
•    Introduction
•    Weekly organizer
•    Assigned Reading
•    Presentation of content
•    Quiz
•    Supplemental reading or podcasts
•    Discussion board
•    Observation
•    Case study small group submission (4 units) or independent research summary (2 units)
Although the course is completely online and asynchronous, there are a number of opportunities to meet in small groups. The professor is readily accessible by phone and email.
Most students dedicate 10-14 hours per week to the course. Students should plan a number of study blocks throughout the week, ranging in length of 1-2 hours, and check the course daily for ongoing discussions and updates posted by the instructor.

Technology Requirements

This course uses the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L.)  D2L integrates text, video, and audio. Before enrolling in the course, review the D2L system recommendations.

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